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Achieving world peace, one smile at a time

The Dalai Lama is visiting D.C. as part of the "Kalachakra for World Peace." He is one of many speakers and educators at the 12-day long festival. Gabriella Demczuk | Staff Photographer
The Dalai Lama chats with event emcee Whoopi Goldberg. Gabriella Demczuk | Staff Photographer
Crowds gather at the foot of the Capitol building to listen to the Dalai Lama's discussion of world peace. Gabriella Demczuk | Staff Photographer

A large crowd gathered Saturday on the steps of the Capitol to hear the Dalai Lama plea for world peace.

One individual may seem too insignificant to change the world on his or her own he said, but one’s daily actions, even a smile, can have a rippling effect on the peacefulness of the surrounding community.

The Dalai Lama spoke as part of the Kalachakra for World Peace, an event from July 6 to the 16 at the Verizon Center. The goal of the conference is to inspire harmonious relationships and peace in all people across the world.

The Dalai Lama, introduced by emcee Whoopi Goldberg, focused on the importance of developing compassion, trust and affection for all humans.

Attendees listen intently and pray while the Dalai Lama delivers his message of compassion, peace and harmony. Gabriella Demczuk | Staff Photographer

He also lamented on preoccupations with physical beauty saying, “The real beauty is in you.”

Cassandra Akins from Orlanda, Fla. said the peace-based event was overwhelming.

“He is addressing the needs of the world…simple directions on how each individual can contribute to world peace,” she said.

D.C.-native Terri Nally, who also saw the Dalai Lama speak in 1980, said his incorporation of science in his speech Saturday was especially interesting.

“Science is showing we are all interconnected. Communities of selves is what contributes to the advancement of evolution.” Nally said.

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